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Step-by-Step: How (and Why!) to Transfer AMEX Points to British Airways for Big Travel

Step-by-Step: How (and Why!) to Transfer AMEX Points to British Airways for Big Travel

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It’s a good time to consider boosting your British Airways Avios points balance, because the huge British Airways Visa Signature® Card sign-up bonus is back!  You can earn up to 100,000 British Airways Avios points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

Lots of folks like using British Airways Avios points to book award flights on British Airways and their partner airlines, because their distance based award chart is great for short-haul flights.  And for cheap award flights to Europe or from the West Coast to Hawaii!

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Use British Airways Avios Points to Cheaply Fly to Europe on Partner Aer Lingus!

But if you want even more British Airways Avios points, now’s a great time to move American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways.  Because until September 17, 2017, you’ll earn a 40% bonus!

I’ll remind you how to transfer Membership Rewards points to British Airways.

How to Transfer AMEX Points to British Airways

Step 1.   Know the Rules

You can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to British Airways at a 1:1 ratio in 250-point increments with cards like:

You can only transfer points into your British Airways account or the account of an authorized user.  And be sure to only transfer the points you need, because once transferred, points can NOT be redeposited back into your AMEX account.

Transfers to British Airways are usually instant.

Step 2.   Log-In to Your AMEX Account

After signing-in to your AMEX account, go to the account summary page for any of your Membership Rewards earning cards.

Then, select “Redeem Points” to begin linking your British Airways account.

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Find the “Redeem Points” Button on the Home Page of Your Membership Rewards Earning Card

Not all AMEX Membership Rewards cards display this option the same way.  For example, folks with The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express will see a button that says “Explore Rewards.”

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Your Card Might Have an Option to “Explore Rewards” Instead

Step 3.   Navigate to the Points Transfer Page

In the pull-down menu, select “Transfer Points” to begin the transfer process.

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Choose “Transfer Points” to Navigate to the Points Transfer Page

You’ll be brought to the page listing Membership Rewards transfer partners.  Click on British Airways.

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Select British Airways to Link Your Accounts

Step 4.   Enter Your British Airways Account Information

Enter the name of the AMEX Membership Rewards account holder.  It must match the name on the British Airways account you’re transferring to.

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
To Link Your Accounts, Start by Entering the Name of the Account Holder

Then, verify your card information and add your British Airways account number.  And click “Link Account.”

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Enter Your Card Details and British Airways Executive Club Account Number

You’ll see a confirmation screen showing your accounts have been linked.

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Success! Your AMEX Membership Rewards and British Airways Accounts Are Now Linked

You can click “Continue to Transfer Points” or wait to automatically be redirected to the points transfer page.

Step 5.   Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards Points to British Airways

After your account is successfully linked you can transfer points.  Enter the number of points you wish to transfer (in 250-point increments).

The 40% transfer bonus is automatically applied, and you’ll see how many British Airways Avios points will be deposited into your account.

Agree to the terms & conditions, and click “Confirm & Transfer Points.

Step By Step How And Why To Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways For Big Travel
Enter the Number of Points You’d Like to Transfer, Agree to the Terms and Conditions, and Choose “Confirm & Transfer Points”

Afterwards, you will get a confirmation message showing a transfer time of up to 7 days, although in my personal experience transfers are usually instant.

Other Flexible Points British Airways Transfer Options

You can transfer these other flexible points to British Airways:

Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000-point increments to British Airways, and you can transfer points into the account of a household member at the same address.  The following cards earn transferable Ultimate Rewards points:

For more details, check out my post on how to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways.

Starwood Points

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

  • Transfer ratio 1:1
  • 5,000 British Airways Avios point bonus for every 20,000 Starwood points transferred
  • Transfers take 2 to 4 weeks, but in my experience it generally takes 2 to 10 days

Bottom Line

Consider the Chase British Airways card if you’re looking for more British Airways Avios points, because the highest-ever 100,000 British Airways Avios points offer is back!

But now is also a terrific time to transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to British Airways.  Because until September 17, 2017, you’ll earn a 40% transfer bonus!

Once you link your AMEX Membership Rewards and British Airways accounts, you can transfer points in 250-point increments.  And in my experience, transfers are usually instant.

If you’ve taken advantage of the 40% transfer bonus, let me know how you’ll use the points!

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This is absolutely horrible advice – the availability is nil especially if you traveling as a family. Had the MR points transferred 3 years ago and they are still sitting in my account waiting to expire due to lack of availability even from LAX to DFW or YVR.

The bonus to transfer Amex points to BA sounds great but how do you get around the high fees re flying into London — in excess of $600 last time for business class 1 way vs less than $200 on KLM to Amsterdam.

Million Mile Secrets

I hear you. Lots of folks don’t like using British Airways Avios to actually fly on British Airways because of their high taxes & fees.

The only way to get around this is to use your Avios points for award flights on some of their partner airlines. And you can read more about that here: https://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/01/20/british-airways-avios-part-3-taxes-and-fees/

Would love to know how to search to find possible flights with Avios-is it best to use AA and look for saver awards? I am trying to get my daughter from SYD to OGG in March and need to know how many Avios I might need to transfer..I have a few, but probably not enough.

Million Mile Secrets

Great question! You can use the British Airways website, American Airlines website, and ExpertFlyer to search for award tickets.

Check out this post on how to find open British Airways award seats here: https://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/01/29/book-british-airways-award-flights-like-a-pro-part-9-how-to-find-award-availability/

I would strongly advise people against transferring MR points to BA. in 2010 I fell for one of these “special bonus points” offers and transferred more than 900,000 MR points to BA. I have tried repeatedly for seven years now to use my Avios to get business class seats for a variety of international and domestic (USA) itineraries. I have never ONCE been able to find availability on BA or any of its partners. And adding to the frustration is that BA’s site is maddeningly clunky and requires huge amounts of time to do a full exploration only to ultimately always learn there are no award seats available.

Million Mile Secrets

Sorry to hear that, Harold. How frustrating! Have you ever considered using an award booking service? Sometimes paying a small fee to have an award booking pro do the dirty work for you is worth it.

You can read more about these types of services here: https://millionmilesecrets.com/2013/01/15/award-booking-service/

Thanks for this tip – did not know these services existed. Will give it a try next time and try to let you know how it goes.

Does Chase occasionally has transfer bonus?

Million Mile Secrets

They haven’t in the past. But we’d all love it if they did! 😉

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